Spanish Caravel Pinta . Spanish Caravel "Pinta" arriving at the shores of the New World. . Spanish Caravel "Pinta" arriving at the shores of the New World.
THIS IS NOT AN HISTORICAL RECREATION
I think I may say that this is the best LEGO caravel ever done, for it is the only ship of LEGO (at least from those few I found) that really "is" a caravel.
Pinta was one of the 3 ships on which the Portuguese sailor Salvador Gonçalves Zarco, that probably most of you know by the (false) name of Christopher Columbus, sailed no the New World. This is not intended to be an Historical Recreation, as the Pinta was square-rigged and only had 2 masts; however this is the classic model of a caravel, latin sailed, in which the first explorers mapped the world. Therefore, being a primitive ship, and designed for exploration missions, it did not had many cannons, and they were brought up to the deck when battle was eminent; also they did not had all the ornaments and details and colors that we find in galleons, so I built her mainly in brown to resemble wood.
The captain's cabin is easily opened and reveals the interior. It also features a piano, of which unfortunately I could not take pictures, for it was in the shadow. Also, that small letter you see there is the letter sent by the portuguese king (D. João II) to Salvador Zarco (or Christopher Columbus), with secret orders.
And here we have the final shots, of Salvador Zarco and a part of his crew arriving at the shores of the New World, with a Spanish flag — historically accurate — to mark the land as belonging to the Catholic Monarchs.
Additional info: many of you are probably wandering about this obsession of calling Salvador Zarco to Christopher Columbus. An alternative historical theory argues that Columbus was a portuguese spy, finding lands for Portugal with Spanish money. Actually, by the Treaty of Alcaçovas, Cuba and the lands Columbus found were portuguese, but the Spanish Pope forced Portugal to sign a new treaty (the Treaty of Tordesillas), changing the world share, and giving this new lands to Spain: this part is not a theory, but unquestionable historical truth. Also it is said that Salvador Zarco was born in Cuba, a town in Portugal which of course exists, and that is why he called Cuba to the island he found. Also his name was Salvador, so that is why he called Salvador to the city he founded. At last, in the return from the New World, Zarco stops in Lisbon before going to Seville, which can confirm he was a portuguese spy!
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